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Mirror

Posted in luttrell, photography, PJ class on April 1, 2008 by lenscapremoved

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ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/30
Aperture: 8.0

On camera flash: 1/3 power

Our assignment for Monday was self portraits. I was going to do something with flash, but once I started getting my equipment ready I realized I had left my flash at the Kernel. So, I thought for a moment and decided to go for a nice soft light and use a tungsten light bulb.

I’m not sure I got exactly what I wanted, but I’m also not sure that this means I’m not happy with these. I actually think they turned out much better than they would have had my plan gone accordingly.  I knew I would need to shoot it tight and use light well, because “environmental” was not an option. My room isn’t too cool, and if someone else were to be shooting my portrait I would not let them use my room. I thought about using my garage as an option, but just bailed on moving all my gear out there (especially since I never know when there could be homeless people sleeping in it).

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ISO: 80
Shutter: 1/50
Aperture: 8.0

On camera flash: 1/3 

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ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/40
Aperture: 4.5

On camera flash: off

And for those of you who know I don’t have my 20D and that a Mark II doesn’t have an on camera flash, you probably realized that these portraits were shot on my Canon G9. I love that camera.

Pinhole-e-o

Posted in Louisville, luttrell, Mary Margaret, photography, pinhole on January 15, 2008 by lenscapremoved

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Pinhole – simple camera. Results – God awful photos.

An idea I picked up from Jim in Evarts, I tried it out recently. My first attempts at pinhole photography were some of the worst photos I have ever taken. I did learn a few things about light, and that I need to clean my sensor.

But, I have researched a bit and think I have a much better understanding of how to do it now. It seems I was a bit impatient for pinhole photography. So as I learn you’ll learn.

My setup was basically a body cap that I drilled a hole in the center and laid a piece of paper over and tried different sized holes. It’s a bit cheaper than those fancy lenses we haul, but obviously the quality sucked. I am convinced I can make good pictures this way though. Look for it.

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Old Self

Posted in luttrell on August 7, 2007 by lenscapremoved

I was embarrassed about some of the stuff I had posted on my old blog. I deleted one post about an exgirlfriend, but I’ve decided that’s not really fair to anyone, mostly myself. I said those things, and I did those things (name that movie). So I’m not going to hide that blog like I have been.

If you’re interested in seeing how I’ve improved in design and photography you can click here. You’ll also notice a bit of difference in my writing. This blog has some great writing that I don’t think I could ever recreate. I’m ok with that though.

Click here for Reacting on Impulse.

Compare and contrast

Posted in California, lexington, luttrell, Martha, Mary Margaret on August 2, 2007 by lenscapremoved

I was able to spend tonight with a very good friend of mine who I haven’t seen nearly enough this summer. Allie and I went to a concert together (TV on the Radio) in Cincinnati and got to spend the entire evening together. We chatted about our trips this summer and I got to hear more about her internship and many jobs.

She was talking about how glad she was to be home when she finally got back and I told her I basically spend all of my time wishing I was back in California with Martha and the Pacific. We both agreed that it had more to do with how I stayed rather than who had a better time. Our trips to California were very different. Allie’s was really more of a vacation where as I really felt like I was living there for the summer. I wasn’t a typical tourist, unless of course you’re talking about when we were in Sequoia or Death Valley. Then yeah, we were tourists. But most of the time I felt like I was a member of the community.

In about five hours I’m heading to Louisville to start what will actually be a vacation for me. I’m going with Mary Margaret’s family to Michigan for a week. I’m looking forward to that and already thanking her family for inviting me. Don’t expect much of a travel blog next week. I’m taking a break from this blogging business for a while. It’s too stressful to think this hard about everything this much.

Yeah yeah, I know. I still need to give my final insight on the trip.

I’ll keep the blog updating with interesting sights and what not.

Snatch

Posted in California, lexington, luttrell on August 1, 2007 by lenscapremoved

I’m in Lexington for today and half of tomorrow. I’m still moving in and cleaning up. The process is very tiresome.

I’ve found a weak wireless signal from a local business in the area. Snatching wireless reminded me of being in Eureka, California and Ed baiting crows and sea gulls with kettle chips only to surprise them with the car door.Don’t count on many updates next week. It looks like I lied about coming back strong.
Probably once I finally move to Lexington this will become my blog, get the changes it needs and blah blah you can read about my life. It doesn’t promise any great stories like nearly losing my leg, lying to park rangers, stepping 3,000 feet above death or being swallowed by the sea, but I’ll try to keep it as interesting and anti-typical-blog as possible.

For now, check out one of my favourite blogs to read. Who knows, maybe you’ll become a weekly reader too.

Post Secret

Way out west

Posted in California, lexington, luttrell, Mary Margaret on July 30, 2007 by lenscapremoved

Too much is reminding me of the West. Sorry to offend, but I would rather be there right now.
All I want to do is wake up and go running down the pier. Unfortunately, Middlesboro doesn’t have an ocean to run alongside, so I can forget my hopes of treading a pier.

I talked with Allie yesterday. She leaves from California today or tomorrow, I guess it’s how you look at it, to come back home. The two of us are going to see TV on the Radio in concert on Friday, but I may be in Lexington as soon as today (Tuesday). After that I’ll be in Michigan with Mary Margaret for a few days or five. I don’t know. I do know I’m excited to see her again.

That recap blog has become a burden. But I have to do it.

Not for you.

For me.

In the middle of medium

Posted in Hess, luttrell, Matthews, Smiley, Snappers on July 27, 2007 by lenscapremoved

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This appears set up but it’s not. I was playing music tonight and looked around and realized that I had four instruments strung out on my bed. I set up a camera in my shelf and just documented what I have been doing all day. I’ve been learning a few O.C.M.S. songs on that banjo that was a gift from my grandfather and falling back in love with my old Jaguar-copy electric guitar (that I’m playing in the pic) that  is probably twice as old as I am.

I’ve always been an artist. When I was in third grade it was drawing. In seventh grade I bought my first bass guitar and then learned to play guitar. In high school I learned that I love to write. My interest in photography came my freshman year in college. Throughout my life I’ve fallen in love with art through its many medias. The most likely reason is that it’s always been the only thing I’m good at. I was never a starter in any sport, always kind of smart but never a stand-out student and previous to my junior year in high school I wasn’t exactly very good with people. The only outlet for any skill I was withholding seemed to be through my hands.

I kind of owe it to Elliott for getting me back into my music. He used to ask me to come teach him how to play guitar before I really even knew who this kid who had been to Alaska was. Honestly, he didn’t need me to teach him how to play, he’s not bad. But he did revive it in me. After going to his loft a few times we were playing together quite often. Then a writer and friend from the Kernel, Josey McCoy, came into play and I’m looking forward to jamming with these guys when I get back. Josey can rock the piano, guitar, harmonica and probably a few other instruments that I don’t know about. All of these come on the side to his amazing voice. He’s an excellent musician.

I had all of this in mind when I picked my room in my new house (not the one in the picture…that’s in Middlesboro). I have the entire upstairs and plenty of room for jamming. I guess I wont be seeing Josey until school starts but I’m hoping to get a few nights of playing in with Elliott before we’re back slaving every day of our lives for the Kernel. As much as I love to complain about being under-paid, over-worked and unappreciated (as all Kernelites are) I am in love with the place. That basement is home to me. Besides providing a few measly dollars a month it has provided me with some of the best friends I have ever had.

Like we’ve said time and time again, the Kernel giveth and the Kernel taketh away.

This summer was a musical fiasco. My head has experienced eargasm after eargasm. I found out that Ed played guitar in Guitar Center where Elliott bought a beautiful guitar. This was news to me. It was fun playing at Grandpa Mac’s with Elliott, Pete and Susannah. Keith has one of the best music taste that I’ve ever, um, heard? Allie’s is great but I think Keith and I are almost right in line together. He brought in a few bands that I love. And I coerced him and Elliott to see an Incubus concert with me. Elliott was listening to their new CD when I got into his car the other day.

The trip may have been to learn photography but who says you can’t bring in other hobbies and experiences? I told the guys it’s probably the best thing for me that I can’t sing. If I could I may not even be in college because I would have been perfectly happy making a few measly dollars a week playing in bars and other small shows on the weekend. I guess minus that lifestyle, I’m still still going to make as much as an average musician’s salary, maybe a little more. I’m OK with that. When you’re only good with art, and art is priceless, you can’t expect much money, or at least that’s the easiest way to cope with being broke. As long as my art is leading me to great friends and trips like the one I had this summer, I’ll keep making it, no matter the medium I have to use. I’ll just be buying a few less utensils along the way.